1st Edition

Providing Hyper-Localized Early Childhood Programming A Framework from the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC)

By Nkechy Ezeh Copyright 2023
    198 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This important and engaging resource offers a step-by-step framework for developing early childhood community programming that centers the learning needs of children, supersedes socioeconomic barriers, and activates the power of community.

    The book centers on an in-depth exploration of the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC), a place-based, early learning collaborative that provides funding, innovative shared support services, and advocacy to partner organizations rooted in vulnerable communities, with the primary goal of readying children for the first day of kindergarten. The author details the concept and practice of a place-based intentional preschool system, including the lessons that were learned through the creation of ELNC and how it successfully prepares children of color for success in school and beyond. The program uses a two-generation approach in which families are coached to address barriers that keep them from being their child’s first teachers and are supported in navigating community resources.

    Through the insightful model this book provides, education leaders and early childhood teachers can learn more about emerging best practices in community programming, identify ways to adapt the ELNC model and test it in their current programming, and use the ELNC process to change their own neighborhoods for the better.

    Introduction Chapter 1: The ELNC Model Chapter 2: Leadership Chapter 3: Collaboration: Partnering with Parents, Partnering with Place-based Organizations Chapter 4: Values Chapter 5: What is Child Development? Chapter 6: Guiding Principles: What ELNC Believes about Children Chapter 7: Looking Forward Appendix A: About the community experts quoted in this book Appendix B: ELNC report card 2010–2015


    Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is a tenured professor of education at Aquinas College. In 2012, Dr. Ezeh developed Empowering Parents Impacting Children (EPIC)® as the main component of its two-generational approach. This EPIC model is one that empower parents to take back their role as a leader and their child’s first teacher. Dr. Ezeh also founded Urban Core Collective (formerly Anchor Organization Network) that has an “indigenous leadership path” as one of their scopes of work.

    "Early childhood programs help stabilize families and communities," says a parent. Accordingly, Providing Hyper-Localized Early Childhood Programming: A Framework from the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) is a must read for those interested in early learning based on core infant mental health principles needed for babies and young children to develop: safe, nurturing, predictable environments, parent and family engagement, and ongoing professional development for teachers. ELNC has become a safe haven and model program for families, very young children, and communities so much so that ELNCs are being replicated in cities throughout West Michigan.  


    Kimberly P. Diamond-Berry, PhD, IECMH-E® Mentor

    Executive Director

    Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health




    Providing Hyper-Localized Early Childhood Programming: A Framework from the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) shows that communities can solve long standing issues such as working with perhaps competing, multiple constituencies to develop quality early childhood education. Dr. Ezeh's leadership is a collaborative, breakthrough model for those looking to be inspired to create a positive path forward. Dana Boals, Founding Board Chair